Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Assignment: Emotional Eating is a problem that usually has deep roots. Anyone who falls victim to it can attest to that. Think about why you are eating, and situations in which you find yourself slipping. Is there a life issue (stress, failure, gloominess, a traumatic experience) that may be at the root of the problem? The life issue may not have immediately obvious weight loss repercussions. It may seem to just be a life issue that you’re currently dealing with. But writing about the issue may show you the connection. It will allow you understand how it makes you feel, what you can do about it and how it affects other areas of your life. Again, write in your blog often or whenever you think about this issue (you can choose to make the entry pubic or private). This is the first step to understanding how this life issue may affect your eating and exercise habits, or may be sabotaging your motivation.
The only thing I can think of right now that would cause "emotional" eating for me is boredom. I have worked very hard to conquer this issue with doing strength training exercises while bored, or grabbing a "good" snack like popcorn - if I'm still bored after all my exercises. I'm hoping with the weather change that this issue will resolve itself with outdoor activity.